Panel interviews 40 DeKalb County School Board applicants



STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - A panel tasked with replacing six DeKalb County school board members is working to trim a list of more than 400 applicants down to just a few dozen.

The five-member nomination panel was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal. On Sunday, Channel 2 Action News learned the panel has conducted 40 face-to-face interviews so far. The panel plans to interview 55 candidates in total, and those interviews are expected to wrap up by Monday afternoon. The panelists met with lawmakers last week to outline their selection process. 

"They have a tough job ahead of them, and if we can assist in any way, that's our role and that's what we plan on doing," said state Sen. Emanuel Jones of DeKalb County.

The panel started with 403 applications. The candidates hope to replace the six suspended board members accused of financial mismanagement, among other allegations.

After the 55 interviews are completed, the panel will then narrow it down to two candidates per district and pass along those 12 names to the governor.